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Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 310725114284
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Traditional Holland

Went to visit the cheese market whilst on holiday - really interesting to see how Cheese was bought and sold many years ago. Kids enjoyed the cheese tasting. Make sure you arrive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 18, 2016
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thousands of people has already seen our cheesemarket with the cheescarriers. All have different hats on. The red, yellow, blue and green Veem. (so they are called) The cheese will be weighted in the "waagtoren" and than be soled to the highest bidder. everu fridaymorning in summer it will take place.

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Thank 91Peter
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

Great city with amazing cheese display. Local market with cheese and other dutch souvenirs. Very pretty location.

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

Best visited on a Friday when the cheese market is in full swing. Good museum with helpful staff. Try the cheese!

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Cambridge ON
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Each Friday you can visit the Cheese Market in Alkmaar and watch as the "runners" deliver the 25 kg rounds of cheese that are being selected by the buyers. Its a lot of fun to watch and the small town of Alkmaar is a maze of very old but interesting streets with lots of shops and cafes! Great way to... More 

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Went to visit the cheese market whilst on holiday - really interesting to see how Cheese was bought and sold many years ago. Kids enjoyed the cheese tasting. Make sure you arrive early to get a good viewing position especially if you have young children or they won't see anything.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

We were staying in alkmaar so, of course, had to check out the famous cheese market on Friday morning. This is the oldest cheese market in the world. There are people dressed in traditional Dutch clothes, doing what they have done for centuries. It is now a show, but still cool to see. It was super crowded - had to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Every Friday morning at the main Square. Dressed in traditional cloths and racing the cheese to the factory the old way. Well worth a look, but it is very busy. So many places to eat or drink all around the square and shops everywhere. You can taste any cheese you like and buy heaps.

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Thank malcolmf666
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Cheese produced by farms in the area used to be brought to Alkmaar to be weighed and sold. The cheese market shows how it was done with the traditional cheese carriers in traditional clothes. The building housing the scale is very pretty. Tourists can get themselves weighed on an old scale.

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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

We stumbled across this as we explored northern Holland. The cheese weighing started in 1365. Yes, really. Watching the local men toss the cheese wheels and weigh them, then load them on carts takes you back in time. A nifty street bazaar goes on in the square as well. The carillon player lays beautiful music over the whole scene.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

I went there just last week around 11:00 am. Like the other visitor said, indeed it was crowded. However, I tried to walk around the market (even a little difficult), I finally found the better spot and at least I could see more and took more pictures. Actually, after 12:30 am, less tourists, you can easy to see whole the... More 

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